What are Movement Flow Exercises?
These movements commonly referred to as “flows,” attempt to combine exercises in the most fluid way possible, allowing for a smooth transition from one to the next.
The smooth transition from one exercise to the next requires some degree of coordination and concentration, especially when done for time, speed, or high repetitions.
This mental focus during strenuous exercise is very useful for anyone who has to do physical labor in tough conditions, namely firefighters, soldiers, and athletes.
Just like in martial arts, the proper execution of movement flows can show the level of ability of the person performing them. While basic movements may require some level of ability, these drills can take them all to the next level, giving you an accurate assessment of where a trainee’s abilities truly lie.
What's the story?
When Marlo Fisken, a trainer and professional dancer, couldn’t find a routine that combined the liquid patterns of dance, yoga, and acrobatics, she created Flow Movement, a workout style that fuses—and reimagines—the best out-of-the-box moves from each. The toning exercises transition from standing to slinking around on the floor, so mobility training is built right in.
In a word, it’s beautiful.
And her endlessly creative movements will firm your entire body, especially hard-to-reach spots. Not to mention the calories you’ll burn and the flexibility you’ll gain without even thinking about it.
In a Flow Movement workout, your body weight provides your resistance. The floor is your equipment—you roll around on it a lot. Just go with it. Fisken says she emphasizes floor exercises because the floor is where we start moving in life and they’re a good way to reconnect with those building-block basics. “When you move across the floor—rolling, changing positions, getting up and down—you force your deepest core muscles to engage,” she explains.
Expect to squat, lunge, push, pull, twist, bend, walk, run, and jump, only not as you do in a boot camp class. In Flow Movement, it’s all about keeping those transitions fluid. Each exercise moves your joints through their full range of motion, so you strengthen more muscle fibers while stretching your whole body, Fisken says. (Runners, cyclists, CrossFitters: This will feel particularly amazing to you, because these exercises align and open your entire body, releasing knotted up tension.)
One of the great things about unconventional training is the ability to combine movements and training techniques into new exercises and workouts.
As we attempt to document and organize the methods involved in unconventional training (like kettlebells, caliathenics, sandbags, etc.), we’re able to witness the evolution of new movements as our contributors develop them.